Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has recently stated that he plans to release Office 2007. He said he plans on giving the impression it is a culmination, even though the product is one of the Office releases that has a much-hated start. The original releases of Office in the 90s saw the expected launching by November of every year, and Office 2002 was issued in February of twelve years later, and Office 2003 was pushed back one year, and Office is yet another year overdue. Ballmer has previously promised announcements in June, but that has yet to happen. That means Microsoft has been working on the product for at least another year.
The Microsco Office Suite came bundled with Windows 95 in 1995. It included on a separate VCD. With Windows 95, the normal Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) was bundled, with help from Lookout Software, who also released a bundled version for Apple IIgs and Macintosh. Office 95 comes with a small demo version of Word. The version included on Windows 95 was the second Office release, with file format compatibility with MS-DOS formats. By the time Microsoft Office 5 was released, full support for Unicode was available and saving all files was still possible, but compatibility was less than complete. Support for saving files in DOS, WordPerfect, and other file formats was discontinued in the Office 95 PE (Program Environment).
Microsoft has always made use of a platform strategy for its systems; i.e., that a new system would be compatible with previous systems to keep costs and effort low. Office 2007 broke compatibility with previous versions of Office. Since that break, MSO has iterated by adding support for older file formats. Version 2007 is the FINAL release of the distributed product, which will be replaced by Office 2010 upon its release. 7211a4ac4a